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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 6:20 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Has anyone encountered this problem? I changed the oil in my sedan
this weekend, replacing the old Amsoil synthetic w/fresh new stuff.
So, I took my full official waste oil container to the place I always
do and they wouldn't take it. Why? Because they said they cannot
take synthetic oils in their system. Basically, they are authorized
to use waste oils to power the furnace in their shop, a not so
uncommon re-use of motor oil.
Has anyone had this happen, being turned away by these type of
places? I just went to my mechanic and he cheerily accepted the
stuff. I know where I'm going next time tho! I was getting tired of
having 5gals of the stuff in the trunk of my car! Smile
As an added note, what do you folks do w/your waste oil, if you
change your own oil?
/Scott
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 6:49 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Fortunately, my local city recycling center takes waste oil. I have a
drain pan that has a plug in it so I can seal it up, and it holds 15
qts. After I change both cars I just take it there and dump it.
Interesting that they can't take synthetic, though. I'm suprised that
they can even burn the waste oil. Maybe it's one of those up-north
things. Wink
I remember when I was a kid, when we had our boat in northern
Wisconsin. It was kind of a marina/trailer park complex with gravel
roads. A few of the people there used to dump their drain oil on the
gravel to keep the dust down. 8-| Boy, what you used to be able to
get away with.
-DMC
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 11:43 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Scott-
Here in Massachusetts, whoever sells you the new stuff is
supposed to take the old stuff back for recycling. The town I live
in used to take used oil for their furnaces too, but they stopped a
few years ago, probably due to some new anti-smog laws. Anyway, if
you buy oil from an auto parts store, they are supposed to take an
equal amount back- just show your receipt.
Ned Rothstein
01 LX
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2002 11:51 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

I heard that in some places they burn it in the boats and barges that move
freight on the rivers and great lakes.
Dunno if this is true or not, but my local Advance Auto Parts has no problem
taking my 4-8 quarts when I'm holding a $9.99 K&N oil filter or two Wink
Even when I pick up the Mobil 1 at Wally World for $17.88/5quarts.
TB
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2002 1:36 am    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

I take mine to the local AutoZone. Because they accept it without question,
I usually try to buy my oil from them, too, even though they are a few cents
more per quart. Honestly, I've never thought about the issue of what to do
with synthetic, because I've never used it. There are no signs at the
AutoZone saying it has to be dino or anything, so they might accept it.
My biggest problem is what to do with the filters. My previous vehicle used
a filter element instead of a filter canister, so that was a real mess, and
I have yet to find any place that will take used oil filters. I was going
to thoroughly drain mine and then keep them for this years' "Toxic Roundup"
that they do yearly around these parts, hoping that they would take them and
properly dispose of them rather than having them end up in the landfill.
Chris
Silver 02 MPV ES
"MPoohV"
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2002 2:13 am    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Tony Boner <98cdw27@charter.net> wrote:
I heard that in some places they burn it in the boats and barges that movefreight on the rivers and great lakes.Dunno if this is true or not, but my local Advance Auto Parts has no problemtaking my 4-8 quarts when I'm holding a $9.99 K?)Even when I pick up the Mobil 1 at Wally World for $17.88/5quarts.TBdemoncyclist2000 wrote:> Scott->> Here in Massachusetts, whoever sells you the new stuff is> supposed to take the old stuff back for recycling. The town I live> in used to take used oil for their furnaces too, but they stopped a> few years ago, probably due to some new anti-smog laws. Anyway, if> you buy oil from an auto parts store, they are supposed to take an> equal amount back- just show your receipt.>> Ned Rothstein> 01 LX>>>
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2002 12:02 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Scott--Seriously, the community where I live (SE Wis.) has a public
collection station just a few blocks from where I live. Open 24
hours a day. They say nothing about oil types accepted, though there
is a big sign stating "No antifreeze". So AFAIK, any type of oil is
OK. Interestingly enough, when I was there this past weekend I
noticed a couple of prominent signs stating that the oil collection
tank is now being videotaped!! And the camera was quite visible. (I
feel like going back with stage props and putting on a little play or
something!!) I don't know what problem they are having that
necessitates a camera. So oil waste collection is supported with our
tax dollars--unless the village is able to sell the waste oil and make
a profit providing the service. There is also a dumpster at the site
for empty oil jugs, filters, etc. We can get rid of that stuff in our
normal trash pickup (AFAIK that is legal), but it is often easier just
to take the stuff to the collection site if heading over there anyhow.
My Dad takes his waste oil to a service station that collects it--they
burn it in their heater in winter to keep the place warm--which as you
mention is fairly common. But it sounds like the EPA may be cracking
down on that?Huh? My brother went to his garage to get rid of
waste oil recently and they would no longer take the oil citing the
EPA.--Dan
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2002 12:28 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Yeah, I was really surprised when they
wouldn't take my oil. There's so many places to take waste oil, these guys
were my most convenient. Our city
takes waste oil at the solid waste transfer station, but you have to pay the
$10 admission fee to get inside (as though you were dumping rubbish) to gain
access inside to dump at their station.
I called around, and Schuck's will take
waste oil, all types, as well as a number of Iffy Lubes in the area. I'm wondering about why these character's turned away a source of heat for
them. I'm glad nobody has
said that they pour their oil down the drain. I remember in high school, the chemistry
teacher always said, ?dilution is the solution.? Eek, that's some scary
memories. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2002 1:28 pm    Post subject: Waste Oil, what to do? Reply with quote

Dan,
I heard that the recycling station by us was having problems with
people dumping antifreeze, brake, and transmission fluid. That would
explain the sign and cameras.
Where in SE WI? I'm in Waukesha.
-DMC
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